Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL

HBO Documentary Films: ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL

Overview: Although 44 years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade recognized a woman’s right to choose, abortion remains one of the most polarizing issues in America. Since 2011, more than half of the states have imposed significant restrictions on abortion, including in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open in the entire state, and patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period. ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL offers an intimate window into the lives of women living in Missouri. Tracy Droz Tragos (winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary for Rich...

HBO Documentary Films: ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

HBO Documentary Films: ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

Overview: Incarcerated young people enter the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program in search of a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start. In this harsh, 16-week camp, drill instructors push inmates to their limit, but those who complete it can become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison. The program reports a recidivism rate under 15%, while the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70%. Inspired by Dwayne Johnson’s own experiences with the law as a youth, Rock and a Hard Place is a passion...

HBO Documentary Films: CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO Documentary Films: CRIES FROM SYRIA

Overview: CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing account of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the devastating civil war that has defined the country over the past five years. Drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from activists and citizen journalists, as well as shattering images and testimony from protestors, revolution leaders, ordinary citizens and children, many of them witnesses to unspeakable atrocities, this harrowing film tells the story of a people who, despite great suffering, have never lost hope for a better tomorrow. It reveals how efforts to demand basic freedoms and civil liberties from President Bashar al-Assad led to...

HBO Documentary Films: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

HBO Documentary Films: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

Overview: Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble was conceived by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000 and consists of a diverse and rotating lineup of instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and storytellers from around the world. The collective exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures, and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.   Expectations: This seems to be a documentary that is straight forward and simple and...

HBO Documentary Films: TICKLED and THE TICKLE KING

HBO Documentary Films: TICKLED and THE TICKLE KING

Overview: After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, pop-culture reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company behind it. Delving deeper, he encounters fierce resistance, and the more he investigates, the stranger it gets, leading to the discovery of decades of abuse. Compelling and disturbing, Tickled illustrates the damage that can result from wealth, privilege and an obsession with power and control. He contacts Jane O’Brien Media, the company responsible for the competitions. To his surprise, Farrier is met with a...

HBO Documentary Films: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

HBO Documentary Films: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

Overview: After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, renowned animal rights attorney Steven Wise and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), have found a novel way to protect animals. They are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections. Directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (who previously collaborated on HBO’s Emmy-winning ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY), the thought-provoking documentary UNLOCKING THE CAGE follows Wise’s unprecedented quest to break down the legal wall that separates animals from...

David Bowie & Andre The Giant Documentaries Set At HBO

David Bowie & Andre The Giant Documentaries Set At HBO

Two big names; make that two big personas get the documentary treatment at HBO. Both are deceased, but both left a large imprint on us. One was a huge pop culture and musical icon whose passing shocked & saddened us all while the other was huge in his craft and just darn huge period. We are talking about David Bowie and Andre The Giant. They are not two people you would associate together of course, but for the fact that HBO has announced that each subject will get the HBO Documentary Films treatment this year. DAVID BOWIE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a documentary continuing the chronicle of the rock star’s life. Director Francis Whately,...

HBO Documentary Films: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS)

HBO Documentary Films: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS)

Overview: The November 13, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris claimed 130 lives around the city — 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal’s Bataclan Theatre concert. This documentary spotlights the American rock band as they recount their experiences before and after the tragic events. The film explores the deep bonds between band co-founders Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (also a member of Queens of the Stone Age), as well as the intense connection the band has always had with its devoted fans, which moved them to return to Paris to perform once again in February 2016. It includes accounts of fans who survived the Bataclan attack,...

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